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Dean of Students

Employment Type: Full Time

Dean of Students at Marlboro College
Marlboro College invites applications for the position of Dean of Students to start in July 2019.  As the senior student affairs officer on a small campus, and a member of the school's senior team, the Dean has the opportunity to shape student life and the College at all levels.  The successful candidate will bring energy, innovation, and leadership to Student Affairs and work collaboratively with Marlboro’s unique shared governance model. The Dean will engage a wide range of stakeholders, particularly students, but also parents, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and community members.

About the Position The Dean of Students is the senior student affairs officer at the College.  A member of the President’s senior management team, the Dean works collaboratively with the students, faculty, and staff to maintain a safe, legal, and healthy living and learning environment.  Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of Students works collaboratively to ensure seamless communication between academic and student affairs offices, and partners with the Dean of Admissions to guarantee successful transitions by new students.  Because the mission and educational model of Marlboro College emphasize community involvement, shared governance, and responsible citizenship, it is important that the Dean of Students cooperate closely with Town Meeting, Select Board, Student Affairs staff, and student leadership to assure the safety and health of the community and to enhance educational opportunities for all students. The Dean of Students has faculty status.


  • Supervises Student Affairs personnel: attract, support and retain a professional staff of student services personnel.
  • Oversees Campus Safety, Community Standards, Counseling Services, Health Services, Orientation, Outdoor Program, Prevention/Intervention/Advocacy, Recreation, Residence Life, and Student Activities.
  • Promotes a comprehensive program of student services that emphasizes the integration of the College’s mission with community involvement, personal responsibility, and shared governance.
  • Promotes diversity and inclusion across the College while working collaboratively with Town Meeting committees and other campus organizations.
  • Coordinates with the college Select Board, Town Meeting, and Community Court to maintain general standards of order and safety within the college community.
  • Collaborates with senior staff team on institutional planning, policy, and initiatives.
  • Leads new student orientation with Academic Affairs, and works with staff and faculty colleagues on retention.
  • Chief compliance officer for relevant government regulations, excluding Title IX; coordinates with Title IX Coordinator.


  • Leads annual vision and goal setting for Student Affairs.
  • Works with Academic Affairs staff and faculty to support students’ success.
  • Collaborates on retention, diversity, and health and wellness efforts on campus.
  • Plans and communicates with campus community about safety and emergency procedures, leads annual review of procedures and responsibilities, and writes annual security report.
  • Designs and leads a team of faculty, staff, and students to implement an orientation program that supports the mission of the College and reflects efforts towards retention.
  • Works collaboratively with the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, Registrar, Plant Operations and Student Accounts in the administration of student-related policies and regulations.
  • Provides oversight for the overall Student Affairs budget.
  • Serves as the primary administrative and faculty liaison with officers of the Town Meeting.
  • Monitors compliance with federal regulations, including Title IX, Drug Free Schools and Campuses Act, the Jeanne Clery Act and advises senior management as to the College’s current state of compliance.
  • Participate in after-hours, “on-call” rotation, providing direct support to Student Life Coordinators if an issue/crisis arises.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Advance degree or commensurate experience in higher education administration, college student personnel, counseling psychology, human development or related field; knowledge of college student development theory and practice.
  • Minimum of ten years experience with five years in a leadership role in Student Affairs, including management responsibilities.
  • Working knowledge of compliance issues as they relate to higher education and student affairs.
  • Energetic and innovative multi-tasker; able to organize and prioritize competing demands with limited administrative support.
  • Demonstrate success working in a highly participatory community environment with a commitment to students and community-based governance.
  • Demonstrate commitment to prioritizing and working collaboratively towards a more diverse and inclusive campus.
  • Highly effective communication skills, both written and verbal.  

Application consideration begins December 14th, 2018; position begins July 2019. All applicants must apply online at
Applications must include a cover letter, current resume, statement on student affairs philosophy, and three references. Marlboro College is an Equal Opportunity employer. The faculty, students, and staff share a commitment to diversity and the values of equality, inclusion, and respect for all human differences.

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